Methow Watershed Phase 6

Category Overview

Critical Habitat projects are our state’s primary tool for conserving important fish and wildlife habitat. These projects protect the rich and diverse habitats in our forests, prairies, and wetlands. These funds help maintain our state’s biodiversity and protect species that are popular for hunting, birding, and other outdoor recreation, and are critical for the health of our salmon and fish populations.

Project Highlights

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife successfully acquired 1,231.01 acres of critical habitat in the Methow watershed. Acquisitions include 431.02 acres in fee acquisition and two conservation easements, 800.00 acres. This project protects cross-valley corridors for animal movement; conserves the upper valley’s largest privately held block of shrub-steppe habitat; protects more than 40 priority habitats and species including sharp-tail grouse, spring Chinook, steelhead, bull trout, and rare carnivores; and enhances fishing, hunting, and watchable wildlife opportunities. This grant also provided a state match for federal funding.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Fish & Wildlife Dept of Category: Critical Habitat WWRP Grant: $3,448,067.11 Applicant Match: $0.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Okanogan Legislative District: 7 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 08-1505

Location Details

Beaver Creek Property: About 5 miles east of Twisp on Hwy 20, turn north onto Beaver Creek Rd and proceed about .5 to 1.5 miles. The majority of the property is on the west side of the creek with some on both sides of the creek and road, 1.5-2 miles up beaver creek road.

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.